We welcome film and television production in Brantford. Our goal is to collaboratively work to make your project successful and easy while balancing safety and convenience for our residents and businesses. Together we will find creative solutions to support your production. Below you will find information about our filming steps.

To help film makers explore local opportunities and plan their projects, we can help identify local sites as well as understand the considerations and regulations for filming in Brantford.

Brantford came through in a pinch to accommodate a complex car chase and crash scene. It involved a large grid closure, 12 intersections and 24 paid duty police officers. The City helped us redesign the shot and facilitated the necessary approvals. In fact, they made arrangements for 2 reshoots to get everything right. City staff helped us solve problems, improve plans, speed-up processes, and obtain permits. Their work simplified our work and took much of the stress off our shoulders. Having grown up in Brantford, I’m proud of the City’s support and actively seek opportunities to film there again.

Eardley Wilmot, Co-Location Manager, The Mayor of Kingstown


Filming Steps

1.) Connect with a Film Liaison

Please contact us first.  We can help you find locations, navigate permits and approvals, and connect with local resources.

Our role is to support your project and balance the needs of residents and businesses. We endeavour to expedite approvals, to support unique requests, and to accommodate production timelines. Lead times are often flexible and we can help you find the best way forward.

If you are scouting a City location (e.g. building, facility, park, public space), please complete our screening and indemnity form only on the day of your visit. If possible, please also provide the production's certificate of insurance.

2.) Apply for a film permit

When you’re ready to roll, complete our film permit application (please note: this page can be slow to load). We will open a new file for the project and support you through the process.

Depending on the project, please also share the following documentation.

Insurance

Specifics are listed below. For the City of Brantford, please be sure to name:

  • The Corporation of the City of Brantford, 58 Dalhousie Street Brantford , ON N3T 2J2.

Any work involving the Brantford Police Services should also name:

  • The Brantford Police Services Board.
Insurance Specifics

Nature and Amount

The Production Company, during the term of the Film Permit, at its expense, shall take out and keep in full force and effect the following insurance policies:

  • Commercial General Liability Insurance insuring all obligations and Production activities as described the Film Permit application and all City applications. The policy will be extended to include bodily injury, property damage, personal injury and advertising injury, premises and operations, contingent employer’s liability, and blanket contractual to a limit of not less than five million dollars ($5,000,000) per occurrence and a combined aggregate limit of not less than ten million dollars ($10,000,000). Where applicable, the policy shall include or be endorsed to include coverage for the following exposures or hazards if the Production activities include the following:
  1. Hostile fires;
  2. Rigging and;
  3. Non-owned unmanned aircraft systems (drone); and,
  4. Use of explosives, pyrotechnics and other incendiary devices.
  • Tenant’s Legal Liability insurance to a limit of not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000);
  • Non-owned automobile liability insurance to a limit of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000).
  • Where applicable, standard form Automobile Insurance that complies with all requirements of the current legislation of the Province of Ontario, having an inclusive limit of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000) per occurrence in respect to the use or operation of vehicles owned, operated or leased by the Production Company; and.
  • Where applicable, all-risk Property insurance in the name of the Corporation of the City of Brantford for property in the care, custody and control of the Production Company and used for the purposes of the Production. The policy shall have limits of not less than the full replacement cost, not be subject to a coinsurance and deductible clause. The policy will be maintained in effect until ten (10) days after the date of the completion of the Production.

All policies of insurance shall:

  1. Contain a cross-liability and severability of interest clause, as may be applicable;
  2. Be written with an insurer licensed to do business in the Province of Ontario;
  3. Provide that at least thirty (30) days prior written notice, fifteen (15) days in the case of automobile insurance and ten (10) days in the event of non-payment of premiums shall be given to the City by the insurer before the insurer of the Production Co. takes any steps to cancel or terminate the insurance or any part thereof;
  4. Be non-contributing with and apply only as primary and not excess to any other insurance or self-insurance available to the City and;
  5. Any deductible and self-insurance amounts will be borne by the Production Co.
  6. Be endorsed to name The Corporation of the City of Brantford and where applicable, the Brantford Police Services Board as additional insureds.

Proof of Insurance

Within ten (10) days and prior to the issuance of the Film Permit, the Production Company shall provide proof of insurance. Proof of insurance shall be on a form of a Certificate of Insurance, signed by an authorized representative of the insurer. Certificates of Insurance evidencing renewal or replacement of policies shall be delivered to the City within fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration or replacement of the current policies, without demand by the City.

Additional Insurance

The City reserves the right to require the Production Company to purchase such additional insurance coverage as the City may reasonably require. The City reserves the right to request such higher limits of insurance or otherwise alter the types of insurance coverage requirements as the City may reasonably require from time to time. If the Production Company maintains higher limits than the minimums above, the City requires and shall be entitled to coverage for higher limits maintained by the Production Company Any available insurance proceeds in excess of the specified minimum limits of insurance and coverage shall be available to the City. It is the sole responsibility of the Production Company to determine what additional insurance coverage is necessary and advisable for its own protection or to fulfill its obligations under the Film Policy.

COVID-19 Protocols

Please provide your COVID-19 Health and Safety production plan and protocols in addition to the Ontario Section 21 Health and Safety Committee COVID-19 Guidance Document.

Notification Letter

Access our Notification Letter and Code of Conduct Template (Word .docx): Please update, sign, and submit with the Film Permit Application. Once approved, distribute to affected areas as noted. Please also share the Code of Conduct with all cast and crew on location in Brantford.

Drone / UAV Documentation

Please provide the following:

  • Aviation liability insurance form with a minimum coverage of $2 million (the policy shall endorsed to name The Corporation of the City of Brantford and where applicable, the Brantford Police Services Board as additional insureds);
  • Pilot certificate for operations (advanced);
  • Drone registration from Transport Canada; and,
  • A flight plan (where applicable).

Location Agreement / Indemnity Agreement

Contact us for a copy of our approved location agreement / indemnity agreement.
WSIB
When available, please provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB).

When looking for unique locations for an independent feature, a courtroom in Brantford caught our attention. We received great support from City staff who helped us with the facility and through the entire filming process. As a result, we looked for additional Brantford locations and shot at five fantastic locations there. I've shot many times in Brantford and plan to return for future projects.

Paul Rapovski, Executive Producer

3.) Secure related City permits, approvals, and supports

The unique needs of your filming project may require additional City permits, approvals, and supports. Discuss these with us first as we could help expedite the process. Then submit the required applications and requests as noted below.

Road or Sidewalk Closures, Lane Occupancies, or Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC)

Apply for a Right of Way Permit if you need to any closure, occupancy, or control activities that impact City roads, sidewalks, or traffic.

Adjacent roads or sidewalks impacted in the same way (e.g. full closure vs lane occupancy vs ITC) and with the same start/end times can be included on the same permit.

The Permit Process includes the need for:

  • proof of insurance, application payment (e.g. credit card at the end of the online application is the most popular method);
  • security deposit(s) of at least $2,000;
  • detailed impact diagram;
  • notification letter;
  • traffic control plan (following Ontario Traffic Manual – Book 7); and,
  • proof of parking arrangements (if applicable).

Please note the following is also required, where applicable:

  • Any roads or sidewalks occupied by a film production must make arrangements for snow and debris to be removed prior to reopening/release.
  • Access for affected curbside waste collection must be arranged.
  • A response plan must be provided to remove vehicles or obstacles on the closed roadway in the event of an emergency.
Noise Exemption Permit
If filming activities of any sort in public spaces extend beyond 7 am to 11 pm, a Noise Exemption Permit may be required. If excessive noise is expected after 9 pm and before 7 am, a Noise Exemption Permit may be required. Please contact us us for more information.
Paid Duty Officers (PDO)

Complete the Paid Duty Officers application from the Brantford Police Service and please share a copy with the Film Liaison.

NOTE: Paid duties are a minimum of 3 hours per officer.  If cancelled between 12-48 hours prior to the scheduled paid duty, there will be a 3 hour minimum, per officer. If cancelled with less than 12 hours notice, all scheduled hours will be payable to each officer.

Special Effects and Requests

If any of the following are planned, please contact us to help you obtain the necessary permits and approvals:

  • explosives, pyrotechnics, hazardous materials;
  • fires, burning, or smoking;
  • simulated gunfire;
  • mock police or military weapons, officers, vehicles;
  • dust, debris, or chemicals; or,
  • fast driving or stunt scenes.

Burning Permits

To obtain a Burning Permit, an application and a fee (approx. $250) will need to be submitted. The process involves a review of all details including safety requirements and necessary restrictions. The following details will be needed:

  • Planned dates and times
  • Site plan with dimensions
  • Details on materials being burnt
  • Size of the fire or fires
  • Extinguishing method (Brantford Fire Services can provide support at a cost)
  • Approved Fire Safety Plan
Tent Permit
Apply for a tent permit if tents will occupy a space of 60 square metres (645 square feet) or larger, or if a group of tents spaces are less than 3 metres (10 feet) apart with a combined area of 60 square metres (645 square feet) or larger.
Performance Platform/Stage
While this doesn’t often apply to most filming projects, there is a connection between the IATSE Local 129 (representing Brantford employees at the Sanderson Centre) and the IATSE film local in Toronto. There is an arrangement between the Brantford local and the Toronto local about the use of additional/local crew if required for performance platforms and stages. This is applicable only to City facilities and lands, but it may be something to keep in mind if your crews are IATSE.
Additional Requests
Please contact us for additional support related to parking, facilities, public spaces, building modifications, special or road lighting, hydrants, signage removal, etc.

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